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insiders and catholics around the world. pope benedict xvi been said it's time for someone physically stronger to leave the cat like church. >> reporter: the contest making this stunning announcement at a meeting with his cardinals. >> and he plans to retire at the end of themont. >> i'm shocked as much as you. >> reporter: even though he's aware of the seriousness of stepping down, he doesn't have the strength to carry out his papal duties saying, quote, both strength and mind and body are necessary. strength, which in the last few months, did tireiated in me. >> i always admired him as a scholar, as a priest, as a holy man. and now my admiration is higher because his humility. >> reporter: he's 85 years old, the first german pope in hundreds of years. elected in 2005, he succeeded john paul ii. there have been recent concerns about his health and he's needed help walking, but a vatican spokesperson insists he's not facing anything grave. the cardinals will elect his replacement and hope that can happen by holy week. >> they're looking for someone to preserve the court teachings of t
. a final farewell to the faithful. pope benedict xvi addressing an enormous crowd in morning in st. peter's square for his final time. we say good morning you. i'm bill hemmer. welcome to "america's newsroom". martha: good to see you, bill. i'm martha maccallum. what a emotional and historic moment we saw play out today. it has been 600 years since the last time a pope made this decision to step down. more than 150,000 people filed into st. peter's square to be part of this moment to witness it live. pope benedict going along in the pope mobile there. he blessed some of the children in attendance. there is some of that. boy, a lot to unfold. bill: over the next 24 hours, martha, he will be a former pope. 8:00 local time tomorrow on thursday, the pontiff taking, look at those pictures. reflecting on the big moment as his life and his church enter uncharted waters. >> translator: the words that resonated in my heart have been, lord, why are you asking me? it is a great burden that you have placed on my shoulders. but if you ask me, i will accept. certain that you will guide me, even with al
seen before. the catholic church is in search of a new leader. >> pope benedict xvi became pope in the spring of 2005. some believe the church may turn to a new leader from either africa or south america. we're live outside st. matthew's in the district. >> we spoke with parishioners after mass tonight. they were sad about the departure, but they also said they were pleased with the direction he had taken the church. they hope that continues in that conservative direction. we spoke with young catholics and they said they believe the church is -- the time is right for the church to become more liberal. a traditional roman catholic mass under extraordinary circumstances. for the first time in six centuries, at a sitting pope is stepping down. >> he understands his frailty as a human being. >> the 85-year daschle pontiff issued a stunning statement -- -- the 85-year-old pontiff issued a stunning statement. >> i am kind of exciting to see the process of another pope. >> he is a conservative and appointed like minded bishops. vatican observers believe this stage is set for another po
wrong before on the pope. but the pope, mika, why don't you confirm. >> pope benedict is going to be stepping down as head of the catholic church. he apparently made this statement within the past few hours in latin. during a small canonization event saying he doesn't have the strength anymore. once again, pope benedict will be resigning as head of the catholic church. we'll have much more on this story as the details come in. we are told that this will be happening fairly rapidly. >> they're talking about february the 28th. that he'll be stepping down. and of course, it was pope benedict who stepped in and became pope after pope john paul ii, the iconic pope of the 20th century, stepped down. of course, pope john paul ii had been pope since 1979. and so, of course, his impact felt not only in the religious world but also the political world. pope benedict, though, never really, of course, given the chance to emerge from the shadows. and it seems that for a good bit of his time, he was dogged by allegations that came through the child abuse scandal throughout certainly before h
as this week. >> pope benedict xvi giving his last sunday blessing to a massive crowd in st. peter's square. thanking the faithful before he resigns on thursday. and italians are heading to the polls today in a crucial parliamentary election that could shape their future. italy is one of europe's biggest economies. >> kelly: office depot's acquisition of office max among mergers that have been announced recently. wall street appear to have approved but the mergers must get by the justice department. lately they have made a habit of blocking similar deals. what is going on here? joining us is brenda buttner, anchor of "bulls and bears", and always good to see you. why are we seeing so many of these messager deals taking shape? >> money. there is so much corporate cash on the sidelines that has not been invested. essentially what is happening, i think outside the financial sector, it's estimated there is $1.7 trillion on the sidelines in corporate cash reserves. they need to do something with that money. they are feel more confident. they are going to go on a shopping spree and essentially bu
>> we're back with one last look at vatican city. that is where pope benedict 16 is wrapping up an emotional final address. a short time ago he told pilgrims from all across the globe that to love the church means also to have the courage to make difficult, painful decisions always keeping the good of the church in mind, not one's self-. >> he went on to say while he faced joy he also had difficult moments stkaourg his leadership. and he said he will continue to serve the church through prayer. the pontiff thanked all for respecting his decision to retire. he is the first pope in 600 years to do so. >> i'm deeply grateful for understanding, support and prayers of many of you from those at home and around. the decision i have made in god's will and deep love of church. >> pope benedict xvi asked for special prayers for the cardinals and whomever they choose to be his successor. he will officially enter retirement tomorrow. that will do it for us. "fox & friends" starts right now. >> good morning. it's wednesday. it's february 27, 2013. i'm gretchen carlson. i hope you're going to
on january 19th and also included the super bowl a week ago. >> pope benedict celebrated ash wednesday at the vatican. >> reporter: pope benedict xvi made his first public appearance since his announcement he's going abdicate at the end of february. he made that appearance during a general audience with thousands of people greeting him and chanting his name. he said thank you very much everybody for your prayers and thoughts and explained he thought long and hard about his decision and he said that he thinks that decision to abdicate is good for the church. on wednesday he'll preside over a mass for ash wednesday. on the 27th of february, the day before he abdicates he'll hold a general audience in st. peter's square where thousands of the faithful are expected to come in and gather to say their last good-byes to a pope that will retire. back to you. >>> in rome for us. bill karins joins us with weather. a lot to talk about in >> not so much. the west is quiet. so in connecticut we had all the snow. the mayor of waterbury asked them to show up. paid them minimum wage. how many do you t
with priests back to the 1980 says. the vatican says pope benedict accepts the retirement because he was near the retirement age of 75, not because of these accusations. >>> today marks the one-year anniversary of 17-year-old trayvon martin. this evening a candlelight vigil will be held in sanford, florida, while a million hoodichltd e gathering is scheduled in new york city. he was shot and killed by george zimmerman, who has pleaded not guilty and claiming self-defense. his trial is set to start this june. >>> in california, the search continues this morning for four people whose 29-foot sailboat disappeared off the coast of monterey sunday. the coast guard released a distress call believed to be made by a man who was with his wife, son and a young cousin before they abandoned the sinking vessel. >> coast guard, coast guard, we are abandoning ship. we are abandoning ship. >> the bodiers said their electronics were failing and fashioning a make-shift raft. officials hope the call will lead to new information that can aid in the search. now dylan with the forecast. >> you saw the radar and th
of the state of the union address. >>> many around the world are still stunned by pope benedict's announcement he's giving up the pap papacy. and it shows lightning hitting the vatican after news broke. nbc's claudio vania is there. good morning. >> reporter: well, a day after the announcement that pope benedict will abdicate, more details are emerging the newspaper says that decision made months ago right after his trip to mexico and cuba in march 2012. that's when the pope realized he's too old and too weak to perform the duties of a pope including of course transatlantic trouble. so what's going to happen now? february 28th, 8:00 in the evening rome time, he's going to stop being the pope. and no more followers of the catholic church. when a new pope is elected, hopefully, right before easter, then he will retire to a life of spirituality in a conpant that inside the vatican city. >> thanks so much for that report. >>> turning now to the weather, some connecticut residents are still digging out from this weekend's big blizzard. in hamden, they've been using heavy equipment as well as snowbl
of the union and republican reply. >>> many around the world are still stunned by pope benedict's announcement he's giving up the papacy. abdication hasn't happened in six centuries. it's creating shock waves even from the sky. the guardian newspaper shows lightning hitting st. peter's basilica last night after the news broke. claudio la vagne is there. >> reporter: well, a day after the announcement that pope benedict will abdicate, more details are emerging about that announcement. newspaper says that decision made months ago right after his trip to mexico and cuba in march 2012. that's when the pope realized he's too old and too weak to just perform the duties of a pope, including of course, transatlantic trouble. so what's going to happen now? february 28th, 8:00 in the evening rome time, he's going to stop being the pope. and he won't have any more followers of the catholic church. he will then retire to the summer residence outside of rome. when a new pope is elected, hopefully, right before easter, then he will retire to a life of spirituality in a convent inside the vatican city. >> th
. savannah? >> al, thank you. >>> now to rome and pope benedict's final days as leader of the catholic church. moments ago the vatican announced new details about the pope's life after he steps down. let's get to nbc's anne thompson at the vatican this morning. anne, good morning to you. >> reporter: good morning, savannah. we now know what pope benedict will be called once he retires. if you run into him, you address him as his holiness, bone addict xvi, roman pontiff emeritus. he won't wear the white cape you've seen him wear as pope. and then those shoes that he's so very fond of, they g he will have to switch to brown shoes. he will wear a pair he was given on a trip to mexico. all of those details are coming out as the world gets a glimpse of the sometimes ugly gamesmanship that goes on in this beautiful setting. cardinal keith o'brien, briton's highest ranking catholic and its only vote in the upcoming papal conclave is staying away, accused of improper behavior with four young priests going back to the 1980s, detailed in the newspaper sunday that o'brien denied. monday, pope benedict o
breaking news. a stunning announcement just coming in from the vatican. pope benedict xvi is resigning. we're live with what's behind his decision and how quickly the next pope will be elected, "today," monday, february 11th, 2013. >> announcer: from nbc news, this is "today" with matt lauer and savannah guthrie live from studio 1a in rockefeller plaza. >> good morning. welcome to "today" on a monday morning. i'm matt lauer. >> and i'm savannah guthrie. can't say that this is unprecedented for a pope to just step down, but you have to go back 1600 years to find another example of it. pope benedict xvi announcing he is stepping down as leader of the catholic church. huge news for the world's 1 billion catholics. >> and noncatholics as well. the 85-year-old pope made the announcement moments ago, saying his strength is no longer adequate to carry on his duties. in a moment we'll talk about the decision with timothy cardinal dolan, the highest ranking catholic here in the united states. claudeio is in rome. this morning, would you say this is total surprise? >> reporter: matt
kaye. i want to start with you in vatican city for a beginning and end of sorts here. pope benedict xvi is residing from st. peter's square right now. this is one of the last appearances he will make as pope. on the other end of the spectrum it is audition day for some of his successors. joining me now from rome cnn international correspondent ben wedemen. ben, i want to start with pope benedict. how will he spend his last 11 days now as pope? >> well, right now what we see is a much larger crowd that he's addressing in st. peter's square. numbers as high as 150,000 people on a normal sunday it wouldn't be even half that number. now, he's going to give this angelus prayers and address the faithful in a number of languages. right now in italian but also be speaking with them in english, polish, german. also today, however, he's going to go into a week of retreat for the period of lent and during that time he will be meeting in prayer and contemplation with many senior bishops and cardinals and, obviously, when that week comes to an end he will resume his normal activities, which include
from now. >>> the long farewell. pope benedict delivering his final sunday this morning. thousands flocking to st. peter's square as the vatican deals with another claim of inappropriate behavior, this time by a cardinal. >>> and the winner is? the excitement building this morning. the oscars just hours away. we'll take a look at which movies and stars could take home that coveted golden statue today. sunday, february 24, 2013. >>> very festive music on this sunday morning. >> wish you were walking awe with a statue right now. >> i think we should. i'm erica hill. >> and i'm lester holt. we'll have more on oscar buzz coming up. but we have serious news, including the scary crash at daytona. a crowd went flying into the wall during the final lap. 33 people hurt. crews working throughout the night to get the track ready for today's daytona 500. a live report in just a moment. >>> also this morning, yet another round of gridlock. we're just five days away from sweeping spending cuts that could impact everything from your food to your paycheck, and they could be just the beginning. com
danica patrick do something that truly is a first. and pope benedict xvi takes one of his last opportunities to connect with the masses. and what a welcome he gets. >> st. peters square, erupting in cheers, and their spiritual leaders during one of the most cherished traditions of the catholic church. pope benedict xvi's message to the faithful following his historic time to resign. after accusations this man got physical on board a plane because a child was crying. >> i pushed him away and that's when he-- >> and how this man is claiming the child is suffering as a result. >> and they are called the bravest for a reason. >> what we're now learning about the firefighters that battled this inferno. i'm harris falkner, we begin tonight with an emotional day in rome. pope benedict xvi making his first public appearance since shocking catholics around the world with his decision to retire at the end of the month. the pope speak to go a crowd estimated at 100,000 people in st. peter's square. and the pontiff's voice strong, blessing worshippers in the square and beyond and thanking
false would if italian publications claim pope benedict decided to resign the same day he received an explosive report on a gay lobby lurking in the vatican. cnn's senior international correspondent ben wedeman is in rome. >> they are blasting in uncharacteristically strong terms, fredricka, are these reports, reports that appeared in a daily newspaper, "la repubblica" and a week live magazine panorama which suggests that indeed this group of three cardinals who were assigned by pope benedict to look into wrongdoing in the vatican found or allegedly uncovered, according to these publications a network of gay priests within the vatican who were being blackmailed according to these reports by a network of male prostitutes in rome. now, the vatican is roundly denying that these reports taking place, accusing the italian media of trying to influence the conclave, that group of 116 cardinals who will be meeting in the next few weeks in rome or rather in the vatican city to elect the next pope. fredricka in. >> in general, are people taking this report seriously throughout rome, or is th
an outpouring of love and admiration for the retiring pontiff. pope benedict xvi, sunday's final blessing as leader of 1.2 billion catholics, and worshippers packing st. peter's square as they prepare for the transition. in the next minute, the pontiff's word to the world. and a bombshell admission from the family of blade runner oscar pistorius, he's up on murder charges and now a family member facing charges for the death of a different woman. fox reports, the new developments on the legal firestorm surrounding the olympic star. and this bartender fired for trying to do what she says was the right thing. >> and simply had a very drunk person leaving the bar, he's going to kill someone. but she lost her job anyway. why? >> i'm harris falkner, first tonight on the fox report, the great american race. the daytona 500 is in the record books. the day began with a series of firsts for nascar racing and ended with a familiar name-- >> for the second time the daytona 500 goes to jimmie johnson, five-time champion. >> harris: jimmie johnson and danica patrick was third entering the final lap, bu
.s. is determined not to leave syrian rebels "dangling in the wind." >>> when pope benedict steps down thursday he'll take on a new title, benedict will be caused emeritus pope and will continue to wear white. 115 cardinals are expected to vote for his successor, but britain's highest ranking catholic leader will not be taking part. in one of his final acts the pope changed the rules of their meeting, allen pizzey is in vatican city. allen, good morning. >> reporter: good morning, charlie. how soon will the conclave begin? by both law and tradition the cardinals can't talk openly about it until one day after ben fikt officially leaves office. the cardinals want to get on with the job of choosing a new pope as soon as possible. major issue plaguing them will be the sex abuse scandals but they must be dealt with in the view of u.s. cardinal james staff ford stafford who is too old to vote in the conclave. >> if it means to be despised which in many ways it does mean when they accept that. >> reporter: you also have to overcome that to get people back into the church rebuild i
people. pope benedict xvi, the first pope they've known and the old who know how his story is. gathering to hear the last testament. and looking on the cardinal, one of these men could soon be pope, the first from pope benedict, a prayer. a final message to his follower followers. >> ask each of you to pray for me and for the new pope i impart my blessing. thank you. [ applause ] >> reporter: this frail man choosing a quieter life. so very different from his predecessor john paul who stayed until the very end. anthony from pennsylvania witnessed both pope's last sermons. >> they're courage in different ways. in opposite ways but the same degree of courage. >> reporter: the pope summoning the strength to say good-bye, giving up one of the most powerful roles on earth. meeting publicly with the faithful one last time. >> savannah as the pope got up to leave. there was a wave of emotion. people calling out to him, waving good-bye. many people held up banners saying thank you in return. pope benedict told the faithful i have never felt this way. >> thank you. greg burke is the senior communi
and what's happening here? >> an announcement has been confirmed from the vatican. pope benedict is due to resign on february 28th. apparently he spoke in latin this morning and announced this move. we don't yet know why. there have been a number of stories surrounding it. he is going to resign. the vatican spokesman has confirmed that in the last five minutes or so. february the 28th is going to be the date. now, i have just been doing some digging. the last time a pope resigned might have been way back in 1415. clearly, unprecedented in modern times and we'll have to wait and see what the reasons will be given. there is going to be a press conference at 11:30 g. so, in other words, 27 memberships from now there will be a press conference from the vatican to outline exactly what's going to happen and maybe the biggest question to be answered is why is the pope going to stand down? and if he does, how will they choose the replacement and in what types of time scale? interesting, of course, is the timing of this is before easter, but it's just a few days after the italian election webs w
. eddie routh has been charged with murdering kyle and his friend, chad littlefield. >>> pope benedict told ash wednesday worshipers he is resigning for the good of the roman catholic church. his service at the vatican this morning is among his last official duties as pope. and is the first time he's been in public since making his bombshell resignation announcement. some worshipers cheered when they saw benedict. his term officially ends february 28th. >>> and bookies are looking to make big bucks taking bets on who will be chosen as the next pope. right now, canadian cardinal marc ouellet is the 3-1 favorite. he would become the first north american pope. >>> people in cape cod are still struggling to clean up the damage after last weekend's monster blizzard. the storm that dumped more than three feet of snow on the northeast also caused widespread beach erosion, washing away 20 feet to 30 feet of real estate. there was also property damage along the beach. elsewhere in massachusetts, boston students return to school for the first time since the blizzard. they're doing so today. wow.
in june. his supporters in australia have put his name in the run for the senate. >>> pope benedict is behind closed doors for traditional lenten prayer. thousands gathered yesterday to say goodbye to the pope. he will host his last blessing next sunday followed by a nine general audience on february 27th, the day before he officially steps down. >>> an amazing fact about friday's meteor strike in russia. shockwaves were felt by nuclear sensors halfway around the world. friday's mid-air explosion over central russia had the force of 30 hiroshima nuclear bombs. more than half of the glass that was broken has been replaced. several so-called meteor pieces are already on sale on ebay, but as the saying goes, buyer beware. >> 1 million square feet of glass shattered when that hit. >> that is incredible. i need to go to my backyard and get some rocks. >> some meteor rocks. >> of course. let me clarify. >>> just a week after getting slammed by that monster blizzard, parts of the northeast are digging out from yet another big storm. northern new england got the worst of it with some cities
benedict's announcement that he will step down at the end of the month citing his advanced age. he's the first pope to resign in almost six centuries. >>> dell defends the buyout in an s.e.c. filing. they said the deal spearheaded by michael dell and private equity firm silver lake partners offers the best value for shareholders. three more of dell's largest investors are joining southeastern asset management. they believe the deal undervalues the company. david, we had this discussion on day one. it's been a while since it's seen $20. but it seems that's what they want. >> the buy outprice could make you to hope in some way you can at least get back to even. >> always bit a risk when you do a deal. even as it may be for a company that is facing challenging times, that is below the 52-week high. we knew it would likely be at that level. my reporting, and experience on these matters, would indicate really best to see and wait. let's see what happens over the next four, five, even six months before this deal closes. if the s&p were to rise significantly, it might perhaps make those w
. the vatican announced today the pope is resigning. pope benedict the 16th says his advanced age and deteriorating health in the past few months as in the month. >> the manhunt for the former l.a. cop accused of killing three people continues this morning. the latest on the search for christopher dorner , straight ahead. today we are around the seasonal average. the warming trend for all locations will be for the next couple of days. thursday into friday temperatures will be flirting with the 70 degree mark. >> i will look to your 7 day around the bay in my next report. >> not tracking any hot spot good conditions around the bay area here is the bay bridge. and my would ba a moderp with 16 minute drive times. >> the commute looks good for your ride on the peninsula and for the north bay. mark. >> the big announcement coming from the vatican announcing the pope is resigning. pope benedictus extinct says his advanced age in deteriorating health in the past few months contributed to his decision to step aside at the end of the month. >> this is an historic move. the last zero to res
benedict is number one on everyone's list. today he delivered his weekly prayer from his balcony just as he has for nearly eight years but this crowd was worthy of a rock star. his exit on ash wednesday turned church goers into paparazzi. the solemn season of lent in vatican city is now a celebration of the 85-year-old pontiff. the hottest ticket in town, benedict's final audience on february 27th, the day before he steps down. 35,000 people have already requested free tickets, says the vatican. but this extraordinary step creates an extraordinary problem. the church will now have two living popes. >> there are lots of stories -- >> reporter: author george weigel is an nbc analyst. >> technically there are not two popes. he ceases to be pope at 8:00 p.m. february 28th. there has never been a bishop of rome for 1700 years. i think he will make that work because he will simply retire into the deep background and not be seen in public. >> reporter: in meeting with rome's priests benedict said once he steps down he will remain hidden from the home and will live in this renovated monastery and c
in johannesburg for us. thank you. >>> the vatican is slamming media reports in italy about why pope benedict decided to resign. two publications say it happened the same day the pope received a bombshell. 300-page vatican dossier documenting homosexuality in the priesthood. ben wedeman joins us from rome. the vatican says this is an attempt by the italian media to influence the upcoming conclave. walk us through this. >> reporter: basically this goes back to the december 17 when three cardinals who were assigned by pope benedict to investigate wrongdoing in the vatican presented him with a 300-page red-bound dossier which included information, according to these two publications, "la republica," a daily newspaper, and "panorama," a weekly magazine, suggesting that there was a network of gay priests within the vatican who were being blackmailed by a network of male prostitutes outside the vatican in the city of rome. the vatican has come out with an uncharacteristically strong statement saying that these "unverified, unverifiable, or false news reports" are damaging to people and institutions
and we're just getting started here on this monday morning. pope benedict xvi making more changes to the vatican rules. why this is so significant and why he is stepping down. a little more information on that as well. bill: look at the drama in these images here. a dangerous crash over the weekend in daytona. a car flying, a wheel actually flying into the stand, injurying fans, some critically. we have a live update how they're doing. martha: we have a child involved there. we'll tell you the latest. president obama turning to the states for support to put the country back on track. >> i'm looking for good partners because while nobody in this room sees eye-to-eye on everything, we know that when we work together democrats and republicans, north, south, east and west, we can accomplish so much more than we can on our own. and we got onesies. sometimes miracles get messy. so we use tide free. no perfumes or dyes for her delicate skin. brad. not it. not it. just kidding. that's our tide. what's yours? . ... at tyco integrated security, we consider ourselves business optimizers. how
will hear arguments next month. >>> pope benedict xvi will give its angelus prayer when he gives a blessing in front of a crowd. cnn will be airing live when it happens tomorrow morning, the 6:00 am eastern hour. the pope steps down officially on the 28th. the vatican is hoping to have a new pope in place before easter. >>> for just a moment, imagine your child has hearing loss, but you cannot afford hearing aids. more than 1.5 million kids in the u.s. live in silence because their health insurance doesn't think they're essential. cnn's george howell sat down with 7-year-old hayden mckenzie for a look at the drastic measures he and his family have taken for him to hear. >> reporter: for 7-year-old hayden mckenzie, it takes a little more time in the morning to get started. and for his twin brother, colby, it takes more patience. >> our big question of the day is, you have a hearing aid on. can you hear me? i was thinking about this last night. it felt like a cell phone commercial. can you hear me? can you hear me now? >> reporter: he started losing his hearing when he was 4 years old, a crip
. >> reporter: even arranging an audience with pope benedict to tell him about the clinic in ghana. do you remember your knees shaking? >> oh, yes. i was very nervous and very pale and tongue-tied at first. >> reporter: it could turn out he was in the presence of a future pope as well. susan candiotti, cnn, albany, new york. >>> and tomorrow pope benedict holds his last blessing and cnn covers it live in the 6:00 a.m. hour. >>> also tomorrow, the daytona 500. the super bowl of motorsports and all the talk this week is about one driver -- danica patrick. >>> we take you live to the track. >>> first, not everyone in america qualified to go to college is able to go. attacking the problem head-on. this man started a mentoring program preparing high school students to be college students for free and he's this week's "cnn hero." >> the state took me and my siblings away from my mom when i was 14. now we live with our grandparents. i don't want to be faced with the limits that my mom faced, and that's why i want to go to college. my grandparents only went to grade school. there was nobody out th
forecast. eri erica. >>> pope benedict met italy's leader five days before he steps down. there is speculation about whether an american cardinal could replace him as pope. anne thompson has more from vatican city. good morning. >> reporter: good morning, erica. all kind of chatter at the vatican where pope benedict is back on the job after his week-long lenten retreat. he appointed new bishops italy and mexico as people here at the vatican are getting ready for what are expected to be huge crowds for its final two events. meanwhile ther meanwhile, there are many questions about this momentous occasion, like who will lead the church, that are still unanswered. a week before pope benedict retires and still no clear front-runner to succeed him. however, there is a long shot. new york's gregarious cardinal timothy dolan. >> i'll do anything to get you guys to church. >> reporter: praise in catholic circles for his efforts to revitalize the church and fighting obama administration con ra sepgs coverage mandate. this week he was depossessed about how he dealt with abusive prie
five stories making news at this hour. brand new details emerging about pope benedict's health. a german magazine is reporting that his hearing has deteriorated and he appears to have gone blind in his left eye. last week it was revealed the pope had heart surgery three months ago to repair batteries in his pace america. the pope is set to step down at the end of this month. >> a brand new bombshell revealing olympic track star oscar piss tomay have drunk afty drinking during a search of his house. they had a blood covered cricket bath leading investigators he might have attacked her before shooting her. they have canceled all of the races so he can defend himself against the murder charges. >>> serious and stable condition this morning. the men suffering severe burns while they were fighting a fire at a lodge near college station on saturday. officials say they may be hospitalized for more than a month as they recover. two other firefighters lost their lives and dozens gathered for a vigil last night to honor lieutenant eric wallace and lieutenant gregory packard. investigator
the beginning of lent today. in one of his last official duties, pope benedict celebrates the ash wednesday mass at the vatican. it marks the first time the pope has been seen in public since his bombshell resignation announcement. his term will officially end the last day of the month, february 28th. >>> and bookies are taking big bets on who will be chosen as the next pope. marc ouellet is the favorite. >>> people in cape cod are still struggling to clean up from last week's monster blizzard. the storm also caused widespread beach erosion, washing away 20 feet to 30 feet of real estate. there was property damage along the beach. elsewhere in massachusetts, boston students return to school for the first time since the blizzard. they're doing so today. wow. >>> time, now, for the weather across the nation. a little more snow for southern new england and new york and philadelphia. rain from d.c. to orlando and much of the gulf coast. a couple inches of snow across much of minnesota and north dakota. mountain snow in the cascades and northern rockies. showers from seattle to portland. >> 40s from
. erica? >> thanks. >>> pope benedict met with italy's president this morning just five days before he steps down as the leader of the catholic church. there's some speculation today about whether an american cardinal could replace him as pope. anne thompson is in vatican city with more. good morning. >> reporter: good morning, erica. there's all kinds of chatter here at the vatican where pope benedict xvi is back on the job after his week-long lenten retreat. he appointed new bishops today to italy and mexico as people here at the vatican are getting ready for what are expected to be huge crowds for his final two events. meanwhile, there are many questions about this momentous occasion such as who will lead the church that are still unanswered. a week before pope benedict retires and there is still no clear front-runner to succeed him. however, there is a long shot. new york's gregarious cardinal timothy doland. >> i'll do anything to get you guys to church. >> reporter: praising catholic circles for his charismatic persona, his efforts to revitalize the church, and fighting the obama
. >>> speculation on who will replace pope benedict the 16th when he retires next month. on the list, a 63-year-old cardinal from brazil. only cardinals under the age of 80 can vote for the successor, which means 118 are eligible. >>> president obama presenting an army veteran with our nation's highest military award. the medal of honor. he was at a combat outpost in afghanistan in 2009 when 300 taliban fighters launched an ambush. he managed to call air support that caught 30 insurgents and risked his life. >> there have been eight soldiers that didn't make it. for the rest of the team that fought valiantly and magnificently that day. i will forever be humbled by the bravery, the commitment to service and their loyalty to one another. >>gretchen: before the ceremony, romesha's son actually stole the show. the president's podium, he tried to climb on top of it and then dashed to the front row. >>steve: you know dr. ben carson was a keynote speaker at the national prayer breakfast last week. he is an esteemed neurosurgeon at johns hopkins tphe baltimore area. because it was a prayer breakfast, h
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